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February 16, 2003

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Question from St. Louis, Missouri, USA:

My 71 year old husband, who has type 2 diabetes, is currently undergoing radiation treatment for prostrate cancer and his blood sugars have been running high (around 200 to 240 mg/dl [11.1-13.3 mmol/L]. Today he had a urine test done and he has a bladder infection and will be taking medicine. Could this be from the high blood sugar?

Answer:

It is true that high sugars put individuals at increased risk of infections. On the other hand, your husband’s blood sugars can be elevated as a result of the infection.

JTL